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La Casita Cultural Center holds Latino art exhibit

Exhibit marks "soft opening" of new center

July 29, 2011, by SU News Services

La Casita Cultural Center’s soft opening is being celebrated concurrence with the opening of an art exhibition “Motifs, Evocations,” a collective show by six local Latina/o artists on display through Sept. 18.

The La Casita team, led by faculty members from The College of Arts and Sciences, was getting ready to open its door to the public when a group of Latina/o artists—Juan Cruz, Esperanza Tielbaard, Abissay Puentes, Oscar Garces, Angela Arrey and Rodrigo Esparza—first gathered by invitation at its new space at 109 Otisco St. in mid-June, while construction was still under way. Almost immediately, the group decided to plan an exhibition to show their art collectively, working together to make the project possible with the support and guidance of the La Casita team. They realized that, as Latina/o artists hailing from regions of the Spanish-speaking Americas as diverse as Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Chile and Mexico, they deeply welcomed spaces for conversation, exchange, creativity and cultural expression, and spaces in which to communicate the particular perspectives of their art to youth on the Near West Side and in the larger Syracuse community. They found this space of exchange and connection at La Casita.

On Friday, Aug. 5, more than 150 people celebrated the soon-to-be-opened La Casita Cultural Center with an impressive collection of art produced by Latina/o artists. Click here for event photos.

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